NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 12, 2018
Game recaps, Ovechkin and Laine neck-and-neck in goal-scoring race and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Former Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak scored the game-winning goal against his former club as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Stars 3-1. With the win, Pittsburgh (84 points) regained first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin collected two points and sits one behind Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov (88 points) in the league scoring race. Malkin was also part of another questionable call against the Penguins, as he was deemed offside on a goal by teammate Patric Hornqvist.
The New York Islanders kept their fading playoff hopes alive with a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames, who remain two points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Isles are seven points back in the Eastern Conference postseason chase. It was a costly defeat for the Flames, as winger Matthew Tkachuk left the game with an apparent head injury.
Patrick Kane scored the winning goal and Anton Forsberg made 31 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Boston Bruins 3-1. Bruins winger Brad Marchand missed the game with an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.
Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 27 saves to shut out the Vancouver Canucks 1-0. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the only goal.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets sophomore winger Patrik Laine is tied with Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin for the league goal-scoring race. Both players enter this week with 40 goals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Laine began his NHL career drawing comparisons to Ovechkin, who was his favorite player growing up. The 19-year-old sniper could be challenging for the Richard Trophy for years to come.
OTTAWA SUN: A leg injury could sideline Senators winger Mark Stone for a lengthy period of time.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: As of Saturday, the Sabres led the NHL in man-games lost to injury with 248.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries have certainly played a part in the Sabres’ miserable performance this season. Among the sidelined are top center Jack Eichel, winger Kyle Okposo and defenseman Zach Bogosian.